The SESSION (ELDERS) is responsible for the mission and government of our church. It receives new members, leads our participation in mission, provides for our worship and growth, challenges our stewardship, oversees our finances and property, maintains relationships with other church bodies and provides direction for program areas and activities.

  • Thank you to the Spensley family. The Spensley family has donated a beautiful picture of Christ now displayed in the parish hall.  It was originally displayed at Scales Mound Presbyterian Church which recently closed.

​​The BOARD of DEACONS  coordinates the ministy to those in need, to the sick and friendless and any person who may be in distress. Ministries include serving communion at church and to shut-ins, overseein our Circle of Prayer, volunteering at the food pantry, overseeing our coffee hour following worship, visiting and calling on those in need, sending welcome cards to visitors, birthday cards ot our children and youth, get well cards to the ill and graduation cards to our high school seniours and serving on related session committees.

  • For listing of assignments and duties see the February Newsletter .

COMMITTEES and ORGANIZATIONS

There are many ways to be involved in implementing the life of the church. Below is a listing of the current committees and a short description about their function. There is also a monthly report from each of the committees in the church monthly newsletter

  • The Stewardship and Interpretation Committee coordinates our giving of time, talent and money including development of effective ways to identify and present stewardship opportunities to the congregation.
  • TheChurch Ministry and Outreach Committee  is a sub-committee of the Presbyterian Women's group. It responds to the call for aid locally, nationally and internationally to victims of floods, hurricans, earthquakes and famine.
  • PW (Presbyterian Women) members work on the annual Apple Tree project providing school supplies to needy local school children and on the annual Church World Service project meeting whatever challenge is brought to the committee, includingSchool Kits and Hygiene Kits. This group makes sure that visitors are aware of opportunities to get involved with our various church programs. [Did they miss  you? Volunteer! Find out who to talk to about volunteering. Better yet, attend a PW meeting and volunteer there!]
  • The Worship Committee enhances the quality of our worship, including special services (e.g. Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday), choral and instrumental music, lay liturgists, e.t.c..
  • The Church Life Committee oversees social activities including Birthday Brunch, Sundae Sunday, Harvest Potluck, picnics and other special celebrations. 2015 committee Isobel, Helen, Eileen, C. Jean and Fran.
  • Personnel
  • Presbytery Representation
  • Property and Finance Committeehas responsibilities that include the maintaining good use of our facilities and the use of our finances. This includes est:ablishing the budget for the church and making decisions related to this. This committee reports to the Session.


  • VolunteerWithout being on a board or committee, there are so many ways that you can serve the Lord here at Westminster. Look for opportunities to do so. Don't wait to be asked! Volunteer! 

Advent Communion Servers - Eric, Marty, Pastor Stacy, George, and Gerald.

THE DAILY WORK OF THE CHURCH


CHURCH LEADERSHIP - Elders, Deacons and Committees:  Our church leadership is committed to serve the Lord and our church members as well as our community with the message of the Love of God and His Love and Compassion for each of us. While our Church Leadership has the responsibility of the operations of the church, each of us is called to serve the Lord and share the message of His Love and Forgiveness. We hope you find a way to serve the Lord by being part of our congregation - as a regular or as a visitor.


The ELDERS and the DEACONS fulfill the functions and responsibilities of these boards as well as oversee the various committees and establish programs for the church. The COMMITTEES play an important role in a variety of ways and areas as listed below. The work of these boards and committees help take care of the business and spiritual functions of the church.

LAY LEADERS: Each one of us is a lay leader called to serve the Lord wherever we may be: 

"But in all things presenting ourselves as the ministers of God," 2 Corinthians 6:4a King James 2000 Bible


For each board and committee, there is a monthly report in the church newsletter. These monthly newsletters, and the monthly church calendar are archived on the website.


Where and how can you use your God-given talents to serve the Lord?  We each have different talents and abilities with which we can serve the Lord. Prayerfully consider how you may be able to serve the Lord at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Galena, IL?

"4For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."
Romans 12: 4-8 NIV


VOLUNTEER! Do you see a way that you can serve the Lord at Westminster? Don't wait to be asked. Volunteer!


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Currently we have some specific needs for volunteers. These are;

  • Twitter pages: We need someone to monitor and respond to posting on the church"s Twitter pages. We can all post and respond to posts on these pages but we need someone to oversee this to be sure that there are prompt postings about church events and responses to postings that are church related.
  • Thanks to Pastor Stacy for taking over the church's Facebook page. We encourage all who are on Facebook to participate.